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Old 09-07-2018, 09:54 PM
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Still making progress since the last update 3 months ago

I had a whole bunch of holes to patch in the firewall.



Started making cardboard templates for the large holes.



Lesson 1 - cut fill panel more accurately. Inconsistent gaps are a pain to weld.





Lesson 2 - You don't have to be a good welder, being good with a grinder is more important



Fixed the smaller holes accordingly



I haven't got a pic, but all the firewall holes are now filled and painted.

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RIP - 1969 Camaro, green/black vinyl. 540 BBC, th400, Holley EFI, 4.10 TrueTrac Dana 60, too much rust and not enough traction. 11.015 @ 111mph
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:10 PM
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next was onto the cowl cheek (aka tulip) panel.

I realised pretty quickly that you can't remove the spot welds on the original outer panel due to the shape. You can't get at it with a drill. That left one option to remove...



What I found made me glad I replaced the whole panel rather than patching the outside. This was allowing water to leak into the drivers footwell.



Removing it was fairly difficult as this inner panel ties into the firewall, the upper cowl and the door/a-pillar support.



cleaned up the mounting faces and test fitted the replacement panel (comes in 2 pieces)



Welded the inner piece into place. I took the time to seam weld the top join as this is a water drainage channel and I didn't want a lap-join there. It's not pretty, but it's water tight.





I picked up some weld-through primer and coated the weld flanges in it. I don't want this car to rust out again once I'm done.



Being paranoid about rust means that I wasn't happy leaving the inner panel in etch primer or rattle can finish. It can't be accessed once it's covered.
I had a chat with the bloke at a local paint shop and bought a can of this...



it's a 2-pac epoxy primer in a rattle can. You puncture the hardner by putting the button in the butt of the can and shake it to mix the 2 parts
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:15 PM
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the 2-pac in a can comes out a treat. Really good looking finish and I'm a lot more confident it will stand many years of damp conditions. Fumes are terrible though




Clamped the outer panel in place, ready for welding. (that's every single clamp I own in there)



Job done (apart from a quick spray to cover the spot welds)

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Old 09-07-2018, 10:30 PM
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fitting a new 1/2 dash panel was next as under the windscreen was badly rusted.

I used the new panel as a template to scribe a line to cut the old dash



the old panel came of easily, but the extent of the rust is clear. There's 3 panels in this 'sandwich' lap join and it had eaten through all 3 in a couple of small sections.





I hit the rusted section with rust kill (turns it brown/purple), painted the welded flange with weld-through primer and then 2-pac epoxied the remainder



the epoxy seals the pitted sections nicely



cowl cheek and dash weld-thru primered and epoxy primered



welcome to clamp-town



tack welded and test fitted the dash pad and dash (can't be too careful)

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Old 09-07-2018, 10:33 PM
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dash doneski





Next I'll be cutting some RHS to brace the shell so i can get started on the rockers.

I've had DOT approval for the mods I'm going to do to the car and I'm catching up with the engineer this week to confirm a few things. I should be able to let the cat out of the bag after that
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Old 09-07-2018, 10:35 PM
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Great stuff Sean. Must feel good rectifying what was lurking beneath for so long.
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Old 09-07-2018, 11:42 PM
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Looking good Sean, great job!
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Nice work Sean, being anal pays off for this sort of work.
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Old 10-07-2018, 10:04 PM
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Awesome work Sean. Good to see the rebuild coming along. I'm about to tackle the cowl repair on my 68 where it's rusted through the mentioned 'sandwhich'. I've actually bought the whole cowl section and will likely graft it in as needed after making up sections to repair the panel below. Seems to be a PITA - you're lucky to get away with it as you did.
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Great work Sean. I’m so thankful mine was rust free.
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Old 15-07-2018, 07:12 PM
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thanks everyone. It's definitely taking longer than I think, but I seem to be staying motivated.

The good news from the last few weeks is that I've had 'Approval in Principle' from the DOT to complete the modifications I've planned. The big one is installing a Ron Sutton TA2 suspension system.



Suspension Spec
  • custom made double wishbone & coilover front end which will take a 315 wide tyre
  • 3-link rear suspension
  • full floater 9 inch rear (possibly cambered)
  • spring rates, sway bar rates and valving built for car


Basically I'll be removing the floor and installing a 3-piece (front, rear and chassis connectors) weld-in frame... pretty much dropping a Trans-Am Race car under a 69 Camaro shell... legally

I've just gotta take about 100 measurements and then it'll get fabricated in the USA and shipped over. Probably early next year

I've also had a discussion with the approving engineer on a few things and he's all good with the below build:
  • Big block (454ci)
  • 4l80e trans
  • 315 wide tyres all round
  • Stoptech/Wilwood brakes (haven't decided yet... interestingly engineer is of the opinion that dust seals are required)
  • Fuel cell
  • Back Half cage
  • delete rear seats

Pretty good news, particularly with all the noise at the moment about modification requests being rejected in WA at the moment. All my wish list items have been ticked, so happy days
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Thats awesome Sean
Its a build like this that pushes the limits of a car build to new levels
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Next level Sean, great news on the approved in principle for your race car
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